Pat Barry is known for hyping fights, but this time the buzz may be coming from his opponent. Fresh off a KO against Joey Beltran, Lavar Johnson is ready to take advantage of a “gun-shy” Pat Barry at UFC on Fox 3.
“I’m going to knock him out. I see a lot of openings he gives me. He’s a little gun-shy, I think from the Kongo knockout. He’s making a lot of mistakes so I hope to capitalize on it,” Johnson commented.
The loss to Cheick Kongo marked the first career knockout for “HD” and led to a subsequent defeat to Stefan Struve a few months later. While he has since rallied back with a win over Christian Morecraft, Johnson feels he is still susceptible to another finish.
“Just being gun-shy, putting his head down and you know, not being able to see all the punches coming from everywhere,” said Johnson when asked about his opponent’s weakness. “As soon as you put your head down and can’t see nothing, it’s a wrap.”
Johnson has been making waves since his impressive first round KO in his debut at UFC on Fox 2. At thirty-four years old, he is far from a newcomer to the sport but the main card matchup against Barry is still a big step up. Clearly, the UFC is giving the heavyweight from Madera, California a lot of respect and with fourteen of his sixteen wins coming by way of knockout, you can see why.
“I didn’t expect it but I’m glad to have this opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of it. I thought it was great. I guess, you know the knockout…they liked my performance. They figured with me and Pat it will be a very exciting fight. Like on the last Fox show, all the fights went the distance so I’m pretty sure they want to spice it up a little bit and see two big guys go at it and that’s what I plan to do.”
The two are set to square off at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5.